Metals/Materials News

The metals/materials technology area has information on the most commonly used materials in metal fabrication ̶ carbon steels; stainless steels; high-strength, low-alloy steels (HSLAs); and the 6000 series aluminum ̶ and those that aren't as common, such as the red metals, refractory metals, titanium, and magnesium.

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TMK IPSCO hires new COO

May 10, 2012

TMK IPSCO, Downers Grove, Ill., the North American division of global pipe manufacturer TMK, has appointed Dave Mitch to the position of senior vice president and COO. In this newly created role, Mitch is responsible for all manufacturing, supply chain, and quality functions within the company....

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Independence Tube reopens after tornado damage

May 3, 2012

One year after sustaining major damage from an EF-5 tornado, the Decatur, Ala., location of Independence Tube Corp. has re-opened for business. The company produces structural steel tubing at locations throughout North America....

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Gibbs Wire & Steel establishes new website

May 3, 2012

Gibbs Wire & Steel Co., a metal service center based in Southington, Conn., has launched a new website at The new website will enable metals buyers to access tools and technical information to help in the purchasing process. The site includes a list of finished coil stock,...

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MidWest Materials CEO receives award for service, leadership

May 2, 2012

MidWest Materials CEO Brian Robbins has received the President's Award from the Association of Steel Distributors (ASD), Chicago, for his commitment and leadership to the association and the steel industry. Other recipients of the award this year were Andy Gross, CEO of Alliance Steel LLC, and...

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World export and Western Europe HRB prices up slightly; flat in China, down in U.S.

April 25, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for April 23 increased 0.9 percent to $651 per ton, FOB the port of export, after falling two consecutive times. The Western European HRB price increased 0.1 percent to $681 per ton (on a Euro basis, it was down 0.2 percent), ex-works, after...

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Ryerson to create 44 jobs in North Carolina

April 19, 2012

Joseph T. Ryerson & Son Inc., Chicago, will expand its presence in Pikeville, N.C., by moving into a second building. The company plans to create 44 jobs and invest $3 million over the next three years. The project was made possible in part by a $100,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund....

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Ultra Tech adds two new staff positions

April 16, 2012

Ultra Tech Machinery has announced that it has filled two newly created positions on its staff. Jim Minerovic has been hired as operations manager. He spent 10 years at Alcoa in various managerial roles and has years of experience in the implementation of production and quality systems. In this...

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Lock Joint Tube to expand in Indiana

April 13, 2012

Lock Joint Tube has announced plans to expand its Walnut Street facility in South Bend, Ind. The $8 million expansion is expected to create up to 11 new jobs....

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HRB prices rise slightly in China, trend downward elsewhere

April 11, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for April 9 increased 0.2 percent to $583 per ton for the sixth consecutive increase. The U.S. spot HRB price decreased 0.5 percent to $759 per metric ton, FOB the mill, after three consecutive rises and unchanged two weeks ago. The...

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Steel Technologies to expand operations in Mexico

April 5, 2012

Steel Technologies LLC, Louisville, Ky., has secured land in the municipality of Celaya, Mexico, to construct a flat-rolled steel processing operation. The 125,000-sq.-ft. facility will be equipped with two slitting lines as well as space for additional equipment under consideration. The facility...

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Reliance Steel acquires National Specialty Alloys LLC

April 5, 2012

Reliance Steel & Aluminum has announced that it has acquired all the outstanding limited liability company interests of National Specialty Alloys LLC, a global specialty alloy processor and distributor of premium stainless steel and nickel alloy bars and shapes, headquartered in Houston, Texas....

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Shale-Inland completes acquisition of HD Supply's IPVF business

April 2, 2012

Shale-Inland Holdings LLC, Chicago, has announced the completion of its acquisition of HD Supply Inc.'s industrial pipe, valves, and fittings (IPVF) business. IPVF comprises several businesses, including Southwest Stainless and Alloy, J&J Alloys, Sunbelt Supply Co., and Metals Inc.,...

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Powdermet receives 2012 NorTech Innovation Award

March 28, 2012

Powdermet Inc., Euclid, Ohio, has won a 2012 NorTech Innovation Award for its MComP™ (micro/nanocomposite) hierarchically structured supermetals. The materials offer very high strength-to-weight ratios in magnesium and aluminum alloys. The award finalists are selected annually by a panel of...

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Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. signs agreement to acquire assets of Worthington Steel Vonore Plant

March 26, 2012

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. has announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary Precision Strip, Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of the Worthington Steel Vonore, Tennessee plant, a processing facility owned by Worthington Industries Inc. Terms were not...

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JMC Steel Group to purchase Atkore's Allied Tube & Conduit facility

March 21, 2012

JMC Steel Group, Chicago, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase and acquire the real estate, building, equipment, and improvements of Atkore’s Allied Tube & Conduit manufacturing facility, Morrisville, Pa. This facility produced hollow structural sections and ASTM A53 Grade B...

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